The Weekend Guide

Objects of Desire, Addendum 7 from Meleko Mokgosi’s current exhibition at Stevenson.

Objects of Desire, Addendum 7 from Meleko Mokgosi’s current exhibition at Stevenson.

Poetry Heals: For a cultural and non-preachy alternative to a church sermon, poet Phiwe Gazu presents an offering of poetry that aims to heal those who hear it. Details: The session takes place on September  21 at the Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Durban. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through jazzyrainbow@mweb.co.za.
For more information call 031 303 8398.

Ancient Codes: Painter Tanya Poole interrogates the process of making art by weighing rational consideration against instinctive urges through the use of imagery in nature such as birds weaving nests, spiders spinning webs and the way trees grow. Details: The exhibition is on until September 28 at Everard Read/Circa gallery, 3 Portswood Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. For more information visit everard-read-capetown.co.za or call 021 418 4527.

Shabaka & the Ancestors: Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene. This weekend he comes through with the Johannesburg and London collective Shabaka & the Ancestors for a single performance at the Untitled Basement. Details: The show takes place on September 24 at Untitled Basement, 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R200 and can be purchased from quicket.co.za. For more information www.shabakahutchings.com

Wena Wezulu: This exhibition of Qiniso Mbili’s photographs, under the curation of Mbali Shabane, celebrates an indigenous heritage. Using the isiZulu phrase meaning “your highness” as a title, the work interrogates issues about South Africa’s leadership crisis. Details: The show is on September 20 at The BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Victoria Embankment, Durban. For more information visit batcentre.co.za.

DStv Delicious Festival: The annual food and music festival takes place this weekend. Headlining artists include Boom Shaka, Corinne Bailey Rae, Raphael Saadiq, Shekhinah and Ralf Gum. Patrons can also look forward to world-renowned chefs and television food personalities. Details: The festival takes place on September 21 and 22 at the Kyalami Grand Prix in Johannesburg. Tickets cost R295 to R7 820 and can be purchased from dstvdelicious.howler.co.za. More information can be found at deliciousfestival.com.

Objects of Desire, Addendum: Meleko Mokgosi features for the second time at Stevenson to present additions to his ongoing visual essay. Comprising sculptures and paintings, this show challenges ideas about African art. Details: The exhibition is on until October  25 at Stevenson, 46 7th Avenue, Johannesburg. For more information visit stevenson.info or call 011 326 0034.

Comic Con Africa: This annual event showcases comic books and includes cosplay activities and gaming. It boasts more than 200 exhibitors, ensuring that you will be spoiled for choice. Details: The convention takes place from September 21 to 24 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Halfway House, Midrand. Tickets cost R160 to R500 and are available from Computicket. For more information visit comicconafrica.co.za or call 011 266 3000

The annual isicathamiya competition: This is the 22nd edition of the competition, which celebrates the genre’s artists by bringing them together for a weekend of competitive exchange. Details: The competition takes place on September  21 at the Playhouse Company, 231 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central. Tickets cost R100 and are available at webticket.co.za. For more information visit playhousecompany.com or call 031 3699596/9540.

The Art of Comics: Johannesburg Art Gallery together with the South African embassy of France and the French Institute of South Africa have collaborated to bring the respective country’s comic and graphic novel styles together in an interactive exhibition. Various workshops around drawing, animation and this form of storytelling will be organised for schools and the general public. Details: The exhibition takes place until November 17 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, corner Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park. Entry is free. For more information visit friendsofjag.org/

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